October 4th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
12 months ago

Boehner likened to crying baby in new ad

(CNN) – Critics have long poked fun at House Speaker John Boehner's teary-eyed tendency. But now Democrats are comparing the speaker to a baby throwing an all-out temper tantrum.

During the commercial breaks of Sunday's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots, viewers in Boehner's district will catch a 30-second ad with a close up of a wailing baby.

"Speaker John Boehner didn't get his way on shutting down health care reform," the ad's narrator says. "So, he's shut down the government and hurt the economy."

House Majority PAC, a group that backs Democratic candidates, released the ad on Friday.

"Speaker Boehner didn't get his way and so, like a child, he threw a Tea Party-inspired temper tantrum and shut down the federal government," Andy Stone, the group's communications director, said in a statement.

The new ad is one of many campaigns launched by groups on both sides of the aisle in recent days to fault Democrats or Republicans for the government shutdown.

House Republicans have been trying to attach anti-Obamacare provisions to a spending bill that funds the government, but Senate Democrats refuse to take up anything except a bill with no strings attached. The White House has also threatened to veto any bill that tries to change Obamacare.

Boehner grew agitated Friday morning over a Wall Street Journal article that quoted a senior administration official as saying, "we are winning" and "it doesn't really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result."

Throwing down the newspaper on the podium at a press conference, Boehner said: "This isn't some damn game!"

"The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I," he continued. "All we are asking for is to sit down and to have a discussion and to bring fairness – re-open the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It is as simple as that, and it all has to begin with a simple discussion."

White House spokesman Jay Carney disavowed the comment in the Wall Street Journal.

The House is scheduled to vote on measures Saturday that will start funding certain parts of the government, but Senate Democrats demand a bill that funds the government all at once.


Filed under: Ads • Government Shutdown • John Boehner
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Nilima

    Mr Boehner,
    There is difference between hostage taking and negotiating.
    I may not like parts of new healthcare law but I understand that it must be negotiated as its entirety.
    Not by taking executive branch as hostage.
    Tomorrow if Dem's will say 'we will not fund government unless reps take oil subsidies out and remove laws helping rich avoid taxes' will you call it Negotiation?
    Thats my question.
    You are taking
    a) whole economy as hostage
    b)increasing debt by increasing our interest rate which is soo.. unconservative
    just to please some far right. I think its unpatriotic.

    October 4, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. SmarterthanU

    Hahahahaha!!!! Now I've heard it all. "Crybaby!". Classic headline.

    October 4, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Melanie

    Yes, the POTUS sets the tone, and it has been two words, "won't negotiate." Shame on him.

    October 4, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Pandamonius

    If Boehner really thought this wasn't a game, then why has he refused to allow the House to even vote on the clean bill sent over from the Senate?

    This IS a game to Boehner and his Teapublicans. It's a game of patience, waiting for the other side to cave first, and without thought or care for the Americans he hurts by this.

    October 4, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Boehner ran UNOPPOSED for 2012. I was SO hoping that he wouldn't be re-elected, but there's not much chance of that if we can't find a good Dem to run against him. I know the chances of a Democrat winning that particular district in Ohio are very slim....but maybe after this shutdown fiasco, it might work. If nobody runs against Boehner, then ads like this are just a mis-direction of money.

    October 4, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Robert Calm

    You damn right this is no game Boehner, END THE SHUTDOWN. You reckless Tea party GOP.
    Someone teach this 22-years old how AMENDMENT works.

    October 4, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Weasley

    The Tea Baggers should realize that while their seats are secure, many Republicans in the House aren't as secure. The GOP could loose the House and the Senate due to their reckless self-interest. The GOP continually puts the party first, rather than America.

    October 4, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. needNewGov

    The President has tried to negotiate with the GOP in the past and he constantly takes it on the chin. You can't negotiate with people who hate you and everything you stand for.

    October 4, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. M

    Of course this is a game. It is all about gaining leverage for the main event, the fight over raising the debt limit. And all those who depend on government are the game pieces, easily moved around or thrown away.

    October 4, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Robert Calm

    GOP keeps saying people don;t want Obamacare. I WANT OBAMACARE, end this shutdown.

    October 4, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Steve Fielder

    Sorry, Speaker Boehner, but you and the feckless Tea Party insurgents in your caucus are NOT going to get away with a government-by-extortion scheme in which you all demand concessions as a condition for performing a task that, as elected members of the House of Representatives, you're all legally required to perform anyway. ...

    October 4, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Will S

    This comparison an insult to every crying baby on the planet.

    October 4, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. I_know

    What a very mature way to get dialogue started

    October 4, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. jester51

    Boehner is the Speaker, not the president.

    The President used the proper channels to pass the ACA. It was given the supreme court's blessing, and Mitt Romney was not elected to defeat it. He should not have to kowtow to the demands of one radical faction.

    October 4, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. John

    Rand Paul told Mitch McConnell that they could "win this" so who is playing games?

    October 4, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. tom

    There is nothing for Obama to negotiate. Giving in means "hey, you can change a law, not by getting enough votes to do so, but by holding the country hostage." I love watching Boehner self-destruct. His party is toast.

    October 4, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Thomas

    @DRJJJ
    We're more divided than ever-the President sets the tone!!
    =======

    So what your saying is we need more of a song and dance man like Tom DeLay of GW Bush ?

    October 4, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. CountryFirst

    Johnny baby, you will forever be remembered as the last leader of the GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party) that destroyed the party. It's time for you to deal with facts and get out of the Fox Echo Chamber. The ACA was passed by Congress, affirmed by the Supreme Court and, if you will, ratified in the last election by the American people, in spite of the plethora of lies about the ACA perpetrated b y you ad your fellow anarchists! In fact Democratic Congressional candidates received in excess of one million more votes the GOP candidates. In my opinion your complete lack of leadership in allowing the extreme right wing fringe to dictate unreasonable, illogical and irrational negotiation demands classifies you as terrorists who should be sent straight to Gitmo, (which you morons have also blocked from being shut down. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU. PUT THE "CLEAN" CR TO A STRAIGHT UP AD DOWN VOTE. Clearly the only reason you won't is you know it will pass, which is related to the GOP concern about the ACA, which is when people
    understand it they will like it because it works better than what we had. STOP LYING: The actual premiums for the ACA
    are even lower than Democrats forecasted. You and the GOP are done and you deserve it. I just hope you don't take this country, you claim to care about but obviously don't, down with you.

    October 4, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Alice

    They had three chances to get rid of this law or fix what they didn't like. First, when it was going through Congress. Second, when they presented arguments to the Supreme Court. Third, when they ran a Presidential candidate who ran on "I'll get rid of Obamacare." The American people have already spoken three times. It's a law. They want to keep it. Trying to blackmail them into getting rid of it isn't how you change a law. Congressmen should already know this.

    October 4, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. truebluedetroiter

    What all you lemmings don't understand is that Boehner is fighting for ALL of us, not just conservatives. Start looking at what this is going to cost you and what type of services you are going to get for that premium.

    October 4, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. jester51

    I think you're confused about who's setting the tone. Boehner is the Speaker of the House, not the President.

    October 4, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. The Truth

    We're more divided than ever-the Republicans set the tone once Obama took ofice!!

    October 4, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. O'drama ya Mama

    DRJJJ

    We're more divided than ever-the President sets the tone!!
    October 4, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Is it the President who set the tone or the crazy racist, bigoted, 1950s era lunatics in the country that set the tone? I believe it was the latter who started throwing stones.

    October 4, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. ModernMan

    How much money did this ad cost to produce and air during a football game? Dems sure know how to throw money out the window just to hurl insults at other human beings. Stay classy.

    October 4, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Commercial spots during those games aren't cheap. Glad the Dems have enough cash in the reserves to put to good. Neither side is budging, how is this one man's fault. The American People need to understand how bad things will get if the Dems keep raising the Debt cieling with no measures to eventually lower it. I understand why the Reps are taking a firm stand. It is sad how few people care enough to learn basic economics.

    October 4, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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